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The Chicago White Sox made huge changes this winter with the trading of All-Star pitcher Chris Sale and center fielder Adam Eaton. These changes made it apparent that the long-awaited rebuild is coming and many are expecting the White Sox to trade pitcher Jose Quintana as well. Talks between the White Sox and other organizations in baseball are ongoing. Reports have been rather pessimistic, however, and it may be for the better.
White Sox vice president Rick Hahn has had a very steep asking price when it comes to a Quintana trade. This should come as no surprise to anybody considering Quintana is only 28 years old with 2 years of MLB starting pitching experience. With such low mileage on his arm, he is still capable of being a middle or back of the rotation guy for any team in baseball.
Teams like the Houston Astros have been at the forefront of the trade rumor mill, but nobody wants to pull the trigger yet. When you look at the trade between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, we can see why. The White Sox sent Chris Sale to the Red Sox for prospects Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe, and Victor Diaz. Moncada alone is one of the top prospects in all of baseball, and this trade sent the White Sox farm system right into the top 5 in the league. The Red Sox got a much needed pitcher for their rotation, and both sides won the trade. Clearly, Hahn wanted a bang for his buck in a trade involving the best pitcher in the organization.
Quintana is signed to 5-year $26 million contract that is very team friendly over the next couple of seasons. With that being said, his knock might be his 46-46 career record as a starter with a 3.47 career ERA. His numbers aren’t elite by any stretch, and he is still waiting to blossom into the ace starting pitcher the White Sox think he can be. Quintana led baseball in the most no decisions last season, so he hasn’t gotten much help from his teammates with their bats.
As of today, we are one month away from the White Sox opening up Cactus League play in Arizona for spring training. White Sox fans should expect Quintana to be with the club for that as well as Opening Day. If teams can get more looks at Quintana in the regular season and he is able to stay healthy, then he is almost guaranteed to be sent off to a possible World Series contender before the July trade deadline. While this may seem boring and unsettling to the fans, they should respect the determination of Rick Hahn and the White Sox front office to not settle on a trade. They know what they are looking for in return and will not seem to budge. As they go through this rebuild, the leadership will be very important, and so far they are doing a fine job in attempting to build the White Sox into winners of the future.